2011 Proclamation: International Day of the World's
August 6 2011
Pascua Yaqui Pueblo, Arizona
We, representatives of Indigenous Tribal Nation Governments, Peoples,
organizations and communities from Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora Mexico, Australia
and California, gathered on the lands of the Pascua Yaqui Nation of Arizona on
August 6th in honor of this year’s International Day of World’s Indigenous
Peoples, August 9th 2011.
We discussed strategies for the full implementation of the UN Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other International Human Rights standards.
We also shared examples of the ongoing violations of our human rights in
Arizona, throughout the US, in Mexico and around the world. Nearly 8 months
after the United States became the last country in the world to express its
support for the UN Declaration, we continue to experience violations of our
Treaty rights, cultural and spiritual rights, rights to our traditional lands,
water, food sovereignty and traditional economies, contamination of our
environment through mining and the export of banned pesticides from the US to
Mexico and other countries, disproportionate rates of incarceration and denial
of freedom of religion for Indigenous prisoners, destruction of our sacred sites
and the imposition of colonial borders and racist immigration policies that
target Indigenous Peoples in Arizona and throughout this continent.
We affirm article 43 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples which states that “the rights recognized herein constitute the minimum
standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of
the world.” We recognize that all of the human rights violations and threats
that we continue to confront are also violations of the rights affirmed in the
Declaration, which is now universally supported, but not implemented, by the
States (countries) of the world. We agree that full and unqualified
implementation by the US and all other States is the challenge and the goal. We
will continue to hold them to their commitments and obligations in this regard.
On the 11th commemoration of the Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples we make
the following affirmations and recommendations:
1) We call upon the United States, Mexico, Australia and all other States and
Nations to fully implement the UNDRIP and to abandon any attempts to qualify the
inherent rights it recognizes, including but not limited to the rights to free,
prior and informed consent and self-determination.
2) We affirm that UN Declaration does not distinguish between “recognized”
and “unrecognized” Indigenous Peoples, or give the discretion to States to
discriminate in the implementation of the rights it contains based on this or
any other form of legal status; in fact it affirms non-discrimination as a core
right and principle in a number of its provisions.
3) We call upon and encourage Tribal Nation governments to endorse the UN
Declaration and call upon all Indigenous Peoples, Nations, Tribes and
organizations to use it, cite it, assert it, and insist on full compliance and
implementation in all of our interactions with federal governments and all of
their subsidiaries (states/provinces and local governments as well as
corporations licensed under the laws of these governments).
||4) We call for the establishment of just and effective mechanisms and
processes in the US and other States to ensure oversight and implementation of
their human rights obligations, including the Nation-to-Nation Treaties and
Agreements they concluded with Indigenous Peoples, and that these mechanisms and
processes be created and implemented in full partnership with Indigenous
||5) We affirm that we are Indigenous Peoples without borders. We strongly
condemn current State border and immigration policies which violate the rights
affirmed in Article 36 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and other international
standards, and we call for a study by the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and a focused investigation by the UN Special Rapporteur on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to address these violations. We also reaffirm
our adamant rejection of AZ SB1070, HB 2281 and all other measures that promote
racial profiling and cultural genocide.
||6) We support the call for regional hearings on the impacts of the Doctrine
of Discovery to be held before the 11th session of the UN Permanent Forum on
||7) We endorse the work of the North-South Indigenous Network against
Pesticides and call for a halt to all forms of toxic contamination impacting the
health of Indigenous Peoples and the full implementation of Article 29 of the
UNDRIP. We call upon the US to immediately halt production and export of
pesticides that have been banned for use in the US.
||8) We call for, and insist upon as essential to our collective survival, the
protection of our sacred sites, areas and places, as well as our traditional
cultural knowledge in accordance with Articles 14, 25, 26, 31 and others in the
UN Declaration; we express in particular our support for the Indigenous Nations
working for the protection of the sacred of sites and areas presented at this
gathering. In addition we fully support Indigenous Peoples’ work to reclaim,
restore and heal the sacred places which have been jeopardized by unwanted
development, laws and policies, and the restoration and repatriation of our
sacred objects and ancestral remains.
||9) We look forward to presenting the issues and concerns we have discussed
during this gathering to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples during his upcoming US Country visit and Consultation on the
Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the
United States. We offer our full support to his work in this regard.
||10) We thank the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona for their generous
hospitality, the Yoemem Tekia Foundation for the traditional meal they provided,
and the International Indian Treaty Council and the Indigenous Alliance Without
Borders for their coordination of this important gathering.
||11) Finally, we express our continued solidarity and firm support for each
other’s struggles and achievements. As Indigenous Peoples, we commit to stand
together, and to continue coalition-building between our Peoples, organizations
We affirm our sacred inherent rights to live as who we are. For our
ancestors, our Nations and our future generations, our sacred Mother Earth and
for all members of the human family we make this proclamation by consensus,